Okay, so it has been a while since my last post, so I am working on the practice of posting. Actually for Lent this year, I am making a commitment to more reflections being posted. I will begin by joining on Ash Wednesday with reflections that join with Catholic throughout the world on Catholic Blog day. So for now, as a preparation for Lent, my reflection was on Valentine’s Day.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 2126If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20;26)
For many health care workers, we came to work in health care to help save lives or to make the lives of those around us better. The work of health care contributes to healing many people in society and in turn contributes to our own health. This interconnection between healing one another and healing ourselves is quite profound. Many of us in healthcare contribute in ways beyond our paychecks and positions. We hear stories of co-workers going beyond their “job description” to make their units/departments more efficient, more caring, more loving and extending better care to patients and contributing to sustaining the healing ministry. This week we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day.
There are several different St. Valentine’s to which this day has been attributed and all of them are listed as martyr, one who dies for their faith, under the date of February 14th. This date is alluded to in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules when we hear about birds choosing their mate. It is half way through the second month of the year that we are reminded to reach out to those we love and to build upon our commitments we made to serve in love.
To bring healing and health to others and in turn to bring healing to ourselves, our community and to build up the healing ministry of Jesus, is what our work is about.
—How can I find a way to enrich my life by helping others?
–What is one way in which I am an expression of God’s love for God’s people?
–How can I contribute to another person’s health by finding moments to be inspired or to inspire others to loving service?